It is unclear why so many motorists run red lights since one of the most basic driving rules is to slow down on a yellow light, and come to a full stop when the signal is red. Perhaps some drivers are in a hurry and cannot bear the thought of slowing down and waiting a few minutes. Other drivers may be so distracted by a cell phone, loud music, or conversations with passengers that the light escapes their notice. Certainly some motorists run lights when they are impaired by alcohol or drugs. In any event, the consequence of ignoring red traffic lights often results in a fatal accident.
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Women may be concerned about taking their usual medications during pregnancy. On one hand, medication may be necessary to treat and control diseases such as multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, pulmonary problems, or epilepsy. On the other hand, no mother wants to expose her unborn baby to possible fetal risks or a birth defect from toxic medication. Accordingly, pregnant women rely on drug companies to fully test medication prior to approving it for use during gestation.
Recently, 36 individuals filed a lawsuit against the maker of an epilepsy drug known as valproic acid. The plaintiffs allege that the drug was unsafe for their mothers to take during pregnancy, and as a result they each suffered a long term birth injury. Some of the injuries reported include heart defects, limb deformities, neural tube deficiencies, and spina bifida, allegedly caused when the mothers ingested the drug during the first three months of their pregnancies.
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When people do not feel well, they turn to their doctor for advice. Patients trust that their doctor will listen to their list of symptoms and suggest tests or a referral to a specialist to further explore the problem. Moreover, patients expect that their doctors will accurately read test results in order to diagnose and properly treat their ailments. Recent studies, however, suggest that this trust in doctors may be misplaced. Failure to diagnose a problem is more widespread than people realize.
Patients may not realize that time has passed between a missed diagnosis and the discovery of illness; they might think that a medical problem is new, when actually, it has been there all along. A growing mountain of evidence suggests that a missed diagnosis is actually one of the most common types of medical errors, happening more frequently than surgical mishaps. In fact, it is estimated that over the last 25 years, 80,000 to 160,000 Americans have been injured or died from a failure to properly diagnose an injury or illness.
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People who are bit by dogs may have mixed feelings about the incident. Many are dog lovers and do not want to see the attacking animal euthanized. Other people believe that once a dog has bitten a person or other canine, it is vicious and cannot be trusted again. Certainly, a second dog attack by the same animal is much harder to justify.
San Diego County gives some dangerous dogs a second chance, provided the owner takes out a $100,000 insurance policy and follows a number of other rules. By way of example, Blue, a local pit bull, caused a dog bite injury in 2010. Despite efforts to keep Blue restrained, Blue's owner was unable to stop the dog from biting again, and he recently tore through a fence to attack a German shepherd. Blue's jaws were squeezed so tightly around the shepherd's neck that Blue's owner was forced to whack him numerous times with a metal pole.
Californians may not be aware that April has been designated National Distracted Driving Awareness month. In an effort to reduce the chances of a pedestrian accident and resulting injuries, the San Diego police department reminds drivers of common violations that give rise to a citation. These actions can also lead to civil liability in court if a pedestrian files a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident.
• Turning right on a green light. Drivers turning right must yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk unless there is ample time to make the turn. It is not permissible to force a pedestrian to stop midway through the crosswalk to wait for a turning car.
Prostate Cancer Missed Diagnosis Can Have Fatal Results in Escondido and Across North County San Diego
Active prostate cancer testing usually starts near the age of 50 for most men. Testing involves a physical examination by a doctor, and a blood test that measures the PSA ( Prostate Specific Antigen ). Monitoring changes in either the patient's physical condition or elevations in the PSA is crucial to identify the onset of prostate cancer, and to provide the greatest opportunity to successfully treat it. If a doctor or medical professional is negligent in following up specific symptoms or conducting ongoing or more invasive testing once symptoms have been identified it can result in a valid claim for medical malpractice. Early warning signs can include enlargement of the prostate, elevations in PSA (from baseline), If you have or a loved one have developed prostate cancer and believe that medical professionals in Escondido or North County may have been negligent in either diagnosis or treatment we invite you to contact our office for a confidential and complimentary consultation.
Patients in hospitals often find themselves hooked up to various machines which monitor vital signs, including heart rate, oxygen, and blood pressure. If the body begins to fail in any of these categories, the machine senses the problem and sounds an alarm. At that time, medical staff is alerted to the concern, and in a perfect situation, they rush to the patient's bedside to resolve the crisis. A new study put forth by the Joint Commission, a hospital and healthcare accreditation body, has found that medical personnel in California and around the United States are desensitized to the constant sounds of beeps. By ignoring the alarms, they are putting patients at risk of a medical mistake.
It is unclear how many instances of serious injury and death could have been prevented by closer monitoring of alarm systems, but reports indicate that the number hovers at an average of 24 deaths per year. The exact figure is difficult to determine because providers do not always link the eventual harm to the initial failure to respond to the monitor. However, there is no question that in addition to patient deaths, "alarm fatigue," causes patient falls, injuries, and medicine mistakes.
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The medical community in Oceanside and throughout North County, as well as the general public have been made aware of the importance of early detection and effective treatment of breast cancer and the risks of a missed breast cancer diagnosis. Finding evidence of breast cancer early and acting upon that diagnosis makes a substantial difference in the outcome of a woman's life. If there are errors in the process, a lack of communication between medical professionals, or negligence on the part of a doctor or technician the results can be life threatening and in some cases fatal, known as a wrongful death. Missing or delaying breast cancer diagnosis can result in more aggressive and painful treatments, loss of wages and unexpected medical costs or worse. If you believe there has been an issue in the diagnosis or treatment of your breast cancer, or that of a loved one, we invite you to contact our office for a complimentary consultation to review your experience and the facts of your unique situation.
Pit bulls are one breed of dog on which people cannot seem to agree. Adoring pit bull owners swear that the animals are docile and gentle provided they have received proper training. Critics argue that statistics consistently find pit bulls to be the breed most often responsible for a dog attack. The debate continues to rage in Riverside County, California where officials are discussing an ordinance which would force all pit bulls owners to sterilize their dog; the idea is to reduce the numbers of pit bulls in the county.
Controlling the pit bull population became more of a concern after three elderly women were attacked in separate area incidents this year. In January, an 84-year old woman was the victim of a serious dog bite injury when two pit bulls came after her in her neighborhood. Approximately three weeks later, a 91-year old woman at a hotel suffered a fatal injury after two pit bulls leaped on her. Last month, a pit bull bit a 76-year old woman who was out for a stroll, causing the woman to suffer a major injury.
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Dog bites and attacks often result in "tearing" wounds that leave severe and permanent scarring. In many cases, a child has reached down to pet or interact with a dog, and a quick snap results in scarring on the face. There are medical strategies to help reduce the appearance of and severity of a scar over time. As experienced injury and dog bite attorneys, it is important to understand not only the costs associated with the initial medical treatment, but also the future treatments and surgeries that may be necessary to reduce or eliminate scarring. We work to ensure that our clients receive a settlement that reflects the short and long term treatments and costs so that there is every opportunity to significantly reduce or eliminate the physical scars of a dog bite.